8/27/2013

The growing availability of ethanol-blended gasoline in the market could spell trouble for the small engines inside lawn mowers and other equipment, according to this article. "It's going to draw in moisture from the air, and when water and alcohol mix, it's more corrosive than battery acid. It eats the carburetor and rubber hoses," said Kevin O'Connor, owner of O'Connor's Lawn and Garden in Oklahoma City. Additionally, "[b]ecause ethanol is a solvent, it tries to clean the [engine] parts you want coated. Ethanol also will separate the oil from the gasoline, so you need to shake it up all the time to keep it mixed," he added.

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